New Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons in Gilbert’s Heritage District
Gilbert, Ariz. (April 29, 2014) – New Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFB’s) will become operational in Gilbert’s Heritage District on May 5, 2014. The beacons are pedestrian safety warning devices to alert drivers of pedestrians intending to cross Gilbert Road. The new beacons are located at Cullumber Avenue and Bruce Avenue and are part of a Town project to improve pedestrian infrastructure in downtown Gilbert.
The rapid flashing beacons remain dark until a pedestrian activates the pushbutton, and then display flashing amber LED lights to both directions of oncoming traffic. There are flashing lights facing the pedestrian to confirm that the beacon has activated. The beacons are mounted beneath the familiar Pedestrian Crossing warning signs on both sides of Gilbert Road.
Drivers are required to yield to pedestrians within a crosswalk, in or near the same half of the street, by Arizona state law. The Arizona state law also requires pedestrians to enter the street with caution. It is important to know that RRFB’s are not traffic control devices, but are advanced safety features that help pedestrians alert motorists to their presence. The LED lights are timed to allow enough time for the pedestrians to completely cross the Gilbert Road.
The units are solar powered so they will not be subject to power interruption during power outages.
Studies have found that RRFB’s have been able to improve the rate at which drivers yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk from 10-20% to 70-85%. To view these studies and to find more information on the safety of RRFB’s, please visit the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Safety webpage on RRFB’s at: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/resources/techsum/fhwasa09009/.
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